Originally Posted by worldlyhaligonian
There is no logic in NIMBYISM... I bet these people will fight tooth and nail although there are brick apartments right behind this and a nice Trillium style tower would be perfect... maybe a bit shorter than The Atlantica to visually step up.
I bet they will fight to have this as a "park" because "we need more green space"... when clearly the commons is right across the street and they are just anti height.
I think you could do a tower there nicely and have a report that would really support and provide a logical rationale for it. Considering the site was identified as an opportunity site in the regional plan (which council approved); that would be the starting point for my arguement.
Then I'd dispell the issue of greenspace need by pointing out the walking distance to the commons and showing how safe access to the commons can be obtained through the crossing at Robie. The next step is to establish to context around - focusing on the fact that the Atlantica is right there (and how tall it is); with the adjacent office tower to the north.
Follow it up with the fact that it's right by 2 major transit corridors - that to me is the argument to present to council. Make sure its well designed to minimize shadowing (good articulation and building form, all the parking below grade and access off the side street only) and there you go - my report would be written. The bigger question would be how would the council vote and that would be interesting to see after the next election.